Baseball Goes One for Four on Opening Weekend
The Harvard baseball team played outside for the first time this year over the weekend, but it did not take the Crimson long to adjust to the cold.
Playing in Charlottesville, Va., on Friday, Harvard (1-3) opened up its season with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Bucknell (1-9). Tied at one in the bottom of the tenth with two outs and two strikes, captain Rob Wineski singled up the middle to bring home the winning run.
The walk-off win matched the Crimson’s victory total in its first 17 games last year and was coach Bill Decker’s first win at the helm of Harvard.
Harvard resumed action at Davenport Field against No. 19 Virginia (12-0) just an hour after the win over the Bison. Although the Crimson out-hit the Cavaliers, the team could not string together any offense and fell, 3-0.
Harvard played both teams again on Saturday and lost both after taking early leads.
VIRGINIA 11, HARVARD 5
The Crimson jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the first after a series of Cavaliers’ throwing errors. Junior shortstop Carlton Bailey scored on a wild pitch and freshman second baseman Mitch Klug followed shortly after on a throwing error.
But a seven-run Virginia fifth doomed Harvard to an 11-5 loss. Sophomore Matt Timoney (0-1) could not finish the inning after coming in in relief for starter Peter Kaplan, who had allowed three earned through four.
Timoney gave up six runs on four hits,, before being pulled with two outs left in the fifth. The Cavaliers ended the inning up 10-4 and cruised from there, as the Crimson only managed two more hits.
BUCKNELL 7, HARVARD 5
Harvard got off to a similarly hot start in the first of Saturday’s double-gamer, going up 4-0 through two as freshman DJ Link and sophomore Brandon Kregel both tallied two RBIs in the first and second, respectively.
But, just as would happen later that afternoon, a disastrous bottom of the fifth prevented the Crimson from securing the victory, with the Bison bagging six runs on six hits to jump out to a 7-4 lead. The teams would remain scoreless thereafter, as Bucknell and Harvard split their weekend series.
Kregel, Link, and Bailey finished the weekend tied for the team-lead with seven hits.
VIRGINIA 3, HARVARD 0
The Crimson was up for a tough test in the form of Virginia starting pitcher Brandon Waddell, who struck out 15 of the 18 batters he faced in his last outing against Toledo.